Drone Operators Link Obama Drone War To Terror
Four former US Air Force drone operators have warned President Barack Obama that the assassination program by unmanned aircraft has become a major driving force for Daesh (ISIL) and other terrorist groups.
The former servicemen, who have more than 20 years of experience between them in operating military drones, have penned an open letter to the US president, calling for a rethink of the controversial military practice which has become a hallmark of Obama’s “counter-terrorism” strategy, according to The Guardian.
They warned that the “targeted killings” program has “fueled the feelings of hatred that ignited terrorism and groups like ISIS, while also serving as a fundamental recruitment tool similar to Guantanamo Bay.”
In particular, they argued that the killing of innocent civilians in drone strikes has been one of the most “devastating driving forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world.”
The letter was addressed to Obama, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and CIA Director John Brennan.
Three of the former servicemen were sensor operators in charge of visual equipment on US Predator drones that guide Hellfire missiles to their targets.